St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says he plans no criminal charges against an O'Fallon police officer who shot and killed a 20-year-old woman on Nov. 8.
Kelly tells the Belleville News-Democrat a coroner's jury has found the shooting justified, and says he met with the dead woman's family on Tuesday to explain his decision before announcing it publicly on Wednesday.
A special agent of the Illinois State Police testified at the inquest that the shooting occurred as Officer Adam Taulbee was attempting to stop Alexandra Nance from attacking a man who had broken up with her. The agent said Taulbee told Nance told four times to drop her weapon and shot her when she failed to comply.
Taulbee has since returned to active duty.
Friday, January 28, 2011
O'Fallon Police Officer Exonerated
I realize we don't have enough detail to really make a judgment, but it seems to me the cops sometimes shoot people for disobedience rather than lethal threat. What do you think?